GCI takes Duke of Edinburgh to the cloud

The world's largest achievement awards scheme, The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation, enrolled leading IT services provider and Bondholder GCI to transform its IT infrastructure.

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation, which equips more than one million young people for life and work each year, is now kitted out with a cloud and connectivity-based solution. The Foundation is now able to offer remote desktop-hosted working from any of its four offices.

Mike Health, the Foundation's Head of Information Management, said: "By moving to GCI's cloud, we've definitely improved the physical security aspects of our technology, alongside many other benefits."

Phil Hambly, Chief Marketing Officer at GCI, said: "Working collaboratively, we helped transform the technology environment, but the scheme itself is the real star of the show for the transformational effect it has on young lives."

Bondholder GCI also agreed on a five-year contract with the Foundation to provide a high-speed connection and back-up connection installation.

GCI brings potential jobs to Derby

Bondholder IT services company GCI has acquired Manchester-based Outsourcery last month after it went into administration.

Acquiring the business - which was co-founded by Dragons' Den star Piers Linney - saved about 100 jobs of which some could be hired into Derby offices.

What we’ve done is put the best of Outsourcery with the best of GCI.
— Phil Hambley, Chief Marketing Officer of GCI

GCI's Chief Marketing Officer, Phil Hambley, said: "We're going through the detail of ensuring the integration of the organisation is on a solid commercial footing."

He added that the acquisition wasn't a gamble for the company: "What we've done is put the best of Outsourcery with the best of GCI."

Chief Executive Adrian Thirkill said: Outsourcery has some great underlying characteristics. It has some very talented people, a strong Skype for Business capability, an impressive customer base, some well-engineered platforms and lots of potential."

Wayne Martin, GCI's founder and chairman, called the purchase 'another well-considered step in GCI's journey'. He added: "Our raison d'être has always been about building an integrated, disciplined and tech-savvy organisation."

GCI assembles new leadership team

Bondholder GCI has announced two senior appointments to complete its leadership team including a new Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Operating Officer.

Mike Ayres will be joining the firm as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) after previously working as Managing Director Business Markets (UK) at Easynet and later Senior Vice President Strategic Channel at Interoute.

Phil Smith joins GCI as Chief Operating Officer (COO) after previously working at CGI and Capgemini and comments: "I believe the team at GCI is primed and ready to take things to the next level. I also believe that in a progressively commoditised sector, GCI will serve our customer better by developing an increasingly proactive and consultative approach."

Adrian Thirkill, CEO at GCI, said: "We now have a full exec team from CEO to CMO and it's a capable blend of experienced new joiners and proven GCI seniors. Collectively, the leadership team shares the single vision of realising GCI's full potential and supporting our people, customers, partners and alliances to the absolute best of our ability. More simply, we now have the right people on the bus and we'll now pull together to keep GCI not only pointing in the right direction... but together we will accelerate its growth."

PKF Cooper Parry appoints new director

Making headlines as part of its recruitment drive Bondholder PKF Cooper Parry has appointed a well-known name in the Midlands' IT sector, Paul Hayes.

The unique culture was a compelling reason for me to join the firm
— Paul Hayes

Paul joins the company as its new Director of IT Solutions after leaving his previous post as Managing Director at a competitor IT firm. Paul has 18 years' experience and brings with him to the company a wealth of knowledge and ideas.

In his new role Paul will be teaming up again with Brett Critchley - also a former Managing Director of and IT firm - and working alongside fellow partner Victoria Playford to expand the firm's Microsoft cloud offering, infrastructure and IT outsourcing services across both the East and West Midlands.

Paul commented: "The unique culture was a compelling reason for me to join the firm. Its ethos, attitude and approach to all aspects of the business is incredibly refreshing and allows the office environment to really flourish."

GCI move into World Heritage Site

Bondholder Company GCI have officially moved into their new offices, located in the picturesque Darley Abbey Mills.

Dating back to the 1700s, the newly refurbished Grade 1 listed Mills became home to GCI following a substantial £1.2 million investment. The computer technology firm currently employs over 200 staff nationally, with many located in Derby and working in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

GCI's move into the 5,000 sq ft offices was brokered by Bondholder agents Salloway Property Consultants.

The Mills have now become home to a number of Bondholder companies including, Brewer Science, Economit, Stimulating Minds and The Birchover Residences.

To mark their move the company will be throwing an official opening event on Thursday 3rd December at 4:30pm. This is your chance to meet the team for a few nibbles, drinks, and product demonstrations.

To register your interest to attend, please click here